Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Periodic Presidents

My pal, Wally Greer, a former F-16 driver and just generally very smart guy, sent me a link to a fascinating website called The Periodic Presidents.

This site catagorizes the Presidents into about 6 slots. I think that the author has got them about right. I particularly like how he classes George W. Bush. Here are some exerpts from the Nero/Hamlet class of Presidents:

2004 December 4. I now call this series Nero/Hamlet because I see that Dubya Bush is different from Buchanan and Hoover in that he is doing something about the crisis; it is just that he is going about it the wrong way. In an earlier Blog, I noted he was similar to Shakespeare's Hamlet, in that he stabs and kills Polonius when he should be getting rid of the corrupt King. So I now call this column the Nero/Hamlet series.

Nero was one of the most ruthless of Rome's dictators. By calling Column 11 the Nero Presidents, I am not referring to this property of Nero. Instead, I refer to his sitting idly by while a major crisis hit his empire. "Nero fiddled while Rome burned." The common characteristic of the Nero Presidents is that they would not deal with a crisis that was either imminent or had occurred. They just simply let things go the best they can, while the country fell apart. They fiddled while America burned. Our three Nero Presidents are James Buchanan, Herbert Hoover, and George W. Bush, our present President. When a Nero President is in the White House, a major crisis is coming within 5 years; in fact, the crisis could be imminent or it could have started already; such a crisis hit our nation during the administrations of Buchanan and Hoover.

George W. Bush is our present President, so we don't have his complete term to study. But nevertheless Bush has shown some Nero qualities. For example, when the towers fell on 9/11, Bush continued to read "The Pet Goat" to children, a scene brought vividly to the movie screen by Michael Moore in Fahrenheit 9/11. It seems that he may be misunderstanding the crisis of the future, which will probably be the running out of cheap oil. Instead of cooperating with other nations on how to deal with the possible oil crisis, he has instead tried to control the remaining oil with his actions. It remains to see what happens in the rest of his term(s).

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